Ronald Phipps, CPI President
President, CPNA International, LTD
Paul Annunziato, CPI Vice President
Morgan Stanley, Trust and Estate Planner
Jolanta Zamecka, CPI Treasurer
Charles Hoffmann, CPI Secretary
Partner, Hoffmann & Baron, LLP, Syosset
CPA and Attorney at Law, Leventhal & Leventhal, Roslyn
Founder, Leading Edge Consulting, E. Quogue
John Tutunjian, CPI Director
Computer Software Engineer
Hernando Courtright, CPI Director
Attorney at Law, Ruskin, Moscow, Faltischek
Proprietor Post Liquors, Syosset
Dr. Robert Swersky
Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon, Manhasset
President, Sterling & Sterling Insurance, Woodbury
Richard M. Bivone
President RMB Drafting
Dr. Ronald Wharton
Cardio Thoracic Specialist
David Winkler, Executive Director
Daniel M. Fisher, Director of Development
Jeffrey James, Public Relations
Frances Pierro, Volunteer Coordinator
Ines Thiebaut, Production Assistant, Web Designer
Chamber Players International is a unique, classical music ensemble which serves as an important cultural resource for the entire Long Island and Metropolitan New York community. Founded in 1971, (then named the Sea Cliff Chamber Players), CPI is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt corporation and gives between 25 and 30 concert events annually. Over its more than forty-four year history, it has developed a strong presence within the region and boasts a Board of Directors comprised of noted civic leaders and professionals representing virtually every industry in the region. Our artist roster is comprised of nationally and internationally renowned concert musicians all of whom have won major competitions, record for major record labels and who are on the faculties of our most important conservatories, musical schools and universities.
Chamber Players was founded in 1971 to fill a need for a fully professional musical and educational ensemble in the Long Island region. As the first independent, regional group of its kind in the nation, Chamber Players subsequently became the model for other regional chamber music societies throughout the country. In 1996, the organization was re-organized to better reflect its artistic mission as well as the make-up of its “international quality” artist roster. In 1998, David Winkler was appointed the Executive Director and the ensemble name was changed to Chamber Players International. That same year we created our community concerts initiative as well as an ongoing musical education component.
In 2015-16 Chamber Players will maintain subscription concert series at the annual Landmark Series at Old Westbury Gardens and at the Coindre Chateau in Huntington. Other concert events will take place at the Chelsea Mansion in East Meadow, and at various venues in New York City, such as the Di Menna Center and National Opera Center.
CPI’s artistic mission is three fold:
- To bring chamber and chamber orchestral concerts of the highest quality to audiences throughout the LI Region;
- To provide community and educational concert programs free of charge or at minimal cost to the disadvantaged, the elderly, to elementary, middle and high school students including music students throughout the region.
- To present unique and dynamic international repertory as well as rarely performed masterworks of the chamber music literature.
ACTIVITIES IN 2015-16
CPI maintains a variety of concert series including:
The Long Island Mozart Festival, the region’s largest annual, outdoor classical music festival in May 2016 at the famed Old Westbury Gardens in Old Westbury. The Festival features a series of large scale programs with our international class performers supported by the LI Mozart Festival chamber orchestra. As a priority, the LIMF has also presented programs for young people and families including interactive concerts for children, historical, period dance and fencing demonstrations, Mozart-era puppet shows and entertainments, tours of the Old Westbury Gardens, carriage rides, and a food court. The Festival attracts 2,500 to 3,000 persons daily.
To reinforce its commitment to the community, the Festival has also given public school and community ensembles the unique opportunity to perform at the festival, including: the Nassau County Girl Scouts Choir, the Herricks High School orchestra, the Gemini Youth orchestra (Island wide membership), the Uniondale High School Orchestra, the North Shore High School Madrigal Choir, the LI High School of the Arts dance ensemble, etc.
Musical Cuisine, a champagne brunch and music series taking place at the Coindre Chateau in HuntingtonI. This series annually features a wide variety of chamber music programs with our international class artists and unique repertory. The ambience is beautiful as well as relaxed and includes a pre-concert lecture demonstration. Concerts at Planting Fields: the ensemble also maintains an ongoing series of concert events at the Planting Fields Arboretum in Coe Hall, as well as various other sites on the grounds of this unique and beautiful 400 acre facility. Concerts take place in conjunction with on-site exhibits and important activities on the grounds.